The Mayor of Clinton, Louisiana and a Baton Rouge attorney are at odds over moving a client’s case to a different venue because of the presence of a confederate monument.
It is criminal defense attorney Niles Haymer’s belief that his client, Ronnie Anderson, would not be granted a fair trial because the 30 foot monument of a confederate soldier on a pedestal stands right in front of the East Feliciana Parish courthouse.
Anderson is being charged with a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and Haymer claims the statue serves as a display of intimidation and communicates a message of oppression.
“How about allowing our case to be moved to another parish, that doesn’t display offensive confederate symbols at its entry ways,” said Haymer.
Although Haymer thinks his case needs to be moved, Mayor Lori Bell of Clinton, has no plans on doing anything further about the monument.
Haymer sent a letter to Mayor Bell regarding the removal of this monument and Mayor Bell responded by saying “it is what it is, history we can’t change it, and that’s my stance.”
“I was in that same courthouse years ago before I became mayor and I was charged with battery of a police officer. The same department that I’m now here the boss of today and I got a fair trial.”
It is now up to the judge to either grant or deny a motion for change of venue over the confederate monument.